Ep. 04-28: Dracula (1931 & 1958)

Dracula (1931): Mysterious Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), a vampire, travels to London and takes up residence. Soon, he sets his sights on Mina (Helen Chandler), the daughter of a prominent doctor and vampire-hunter, Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), who seeks to put a stop to the count’s never-ending bloodlust.

Horror of Dracula (1958): After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle, the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker’s fiancée. The only one who can protect them is Dr. Van Helsing, Harker’s friend and colleague, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.

Dracula ’31 & ’58

It’s time for a double-dose! Dracula (1931) and Horror of Dracula (1958) are two of the earlier and more noteworthy entries in the plethora of Dracula films out there. Both are iconic and feature stars that played the distinguished count multiple times. Join us as we discuss the merit of these films and the actors that were both typecast in the infamous role. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys wanders dark castle hallways and creepy crypts in search of nosferatu, and their legendary leader.

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Ep. 03-28: The Raven (1935 & 1962)

DOUBLE FEATURE: The Raven (1935) – Dr. Vollin (Bela Lugosi) is a brilliant, unstable surgeon with a questionable obsession for instruments of torture. He saves the life of Judge Thatcher’s daughter, Jean, a beautiful young socialite injured in an automobile accident, and becomes increasingly attracted to her, enlisting the help of a wanted criminal, Edmund Bateman (Boris Karloff), to assist with a diabolical scheme. The Raven (1963) – Sorceror, Erasmus Craven (Vincent Price), is visited by Adolphus Bedlo (Peter Lorre), who has been turned into a raven by Dr. Scarabus (Boris Karloff), an evil wizard. After Craven transforms Bedlo back into a human, Bedlo claims to have seen Lenore, Craven’s dead wife, at Scarabus’ castle, prompting the two to seek Craven’s lost love.

Welcome to our fourth DOUBLE FEATURE of the season, and our first trip into the land of Edgar Allan Poe. In this episode we ponder adapting a film from a poem, question the choice of comedy (both intentional and unintentional), and break down the pros (few) and cons (many) for both these films. Join us as we critique these two vastly different films, one traditionally Universal, and the other a Roger Corman star-power fiasco. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys escorts you into the literary world of Poe and his sublime poem The Raven, for two film adaptations we care to visit nevermore.

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